The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 700 students K-XII, seeks candidates for the position Teacher of Music in Classes K-IV. The position is a one-year leave replacement. We actively seek to create, nurture and sustain a diverse faculty and student body.
Founded in 1884, the school is a center of intellectual exuberance, attracting students from across and beyond New York City. Its mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on larger purpose: we seek to prepare our students for principled engagement in the world.
A Brearley teacher loves to teach students who love to learn, and who has the wisdom and skill to spark in them an ability to think critically and creatively and to encourage a pioneering spirit. We count on our faculty to create and maintain an atmosphere of honesty, generosity and genuine respect for the thoughts, efforts and feelings of others.
Cross-divisional teaching is an essential part of our program. Having teachers who are adept at teaching different ages reinforces Brearley’s respect for the extraordinary minds of its students. We educate them with a network of teachers who know them for years, who recognize that students flourish in their own time, and who know where the curriculum begins and how it will proceed.
A Brearley teacher educates students through service in other areas, such as advising a small group of students, for example, guiding a club, or chaperoning trips, and attending extracurricular events in which the students take part.
The ideal candidate will have a genuine passion for and command of subject matter; a sincere interest in young people and an appreciation for the variety of ways in which they grow and learn; excellent communications skills; fairness, consistency and promptness in evaluating student work and in responding to students’ individual progress; desire to collaborate; a collegial spirit and a sense of humor; and a commitment to helping students think independently and develop confidence in their own abilities.
Training in the Orff and Kodaly methods is required and three to five years of experience in teaching is preferred, as are piano skills.
Interested candidates may apply for this position by completing an application and uploading a cover letter and resume at www.brearley.org/employment.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.